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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Delta Records One Death From COVID - 19

         •Okowa 

Benedicta Okafor, Asaba

Barely two days after the first index case of COVID - 19 was discovered in Delta State, South South of Nigeria, a fresh one has been discovered in the state but the new index case died at the hospital hours after hospilization at the State's designated health facility for Infectious Disease.

The Daily Crucible gathered that the patient who had history of travel to Lagos State, the epicentre of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, presented himself late to the hospitals with severe symptoms including difficulty in breathing and was being attended to by the healthcare professionals at the facility but died later.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who was informed about the development around 9pm on Thursday, said the state is fast - tracking contacts tracing in respect of the index cases to stem the spread of the dreadful disease.

Okowa also called the citizens and residents not to hide from the authorities, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the COVID19 virus, saying bringing such information out would help protect others and contain the spread of the COVID - 19.

He said: "I have just been informed of another case of COVID19 in Delta State. The individual in question, had underlying health issues and had visited Lagos State in the past two weeks.

"The patient presented himself late to one of our hospitals with severe symptoms including difficulty in breathing and was given the necessary attention by healthcare professionals. Shortly after the specimen was taken, he passed away. However, his test results came back positive today.

"In order to mitigate against the spread of the virus, we are fast-tracking our contact tracing to ensure that all those that came in contact with the deceased patient are properly isolated and tested immediately.

"Again, it is important that as we work to protect the citizens and residents of our state, families and friends of individuals that are exhibiting the primary symptoms of the COVID19 virus, do not keep it from the authorities. If you see something; say something.

"I will continue to keep you all informed of any new developments."

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